Injury-Proofing Your Body With the Functional Movement Screen

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool used to assess whether or not someone may have an injury problem. The FMS consists of ten questions which are asked during the physical examination. A score of 100% indicates no signs of any kind of injury, while 0% means there is no sign at all. There are many different types of injuries, such as muscle strains, ligament tears, bone fractures and other kinds of damage to bones and soft tissues. The FMS is designed to identify those individuals with a high risk of developing an injury. Some examples of these include:

• Athletes who play contact sports like football, hockey, soccer and others • Drivers who drive long distances without rest • People working in construction sites where they use heavy machinery • Workers in factories and mines where they work with dangerous chemicals • Those who perform repetitive motions over time like machine operators and welders • Children playing outside without proper protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Injuries are often preventable. If you do not take care of your body properly, it will suffer from various problems.

For example, if you get injured while doing something like driving a car or operating machinery, then it could cause accidents and even lead to death. When people get injured, they need medical attention immediately so that they can recover quickly. There are many doctors that can treat injuries. These include:

Orthopedists specialize in bone fractures, sprains and muscle tears.

Specialists in sport-related injuries, such as sprains, strains and muscle tears.

Hand surgeons who take care of injuries to the hand and wrist.

Plastic surgeons who are specialized in treating wounds caused by burns or accidents.

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General Surgeons who repair all kinds of injuries.

Physiatrists who treat nerve and muscle injuries.

Doctors who treat internal organs that have been damaged, such as the heart or lungs.

The main purpose of the FMS is to prevent injuries in the first place. All it takes is a small mistake like twisting the wrong way to cause a big injury.

Many professional athletes get injured every year while playing their sport of choice. It does not just happen to famous sports stars, either. It can happen to anyone involved in an activity that involves physical movement. Even a simple twist of the wrong way could cause a muscle tear or bone fracture. If you know what to look for, the FMS can help you to prevent these types of injuries in the future.

Sources & references used in this article:

Consortium for Health and Military Performance and American College of Sports Medicine Consensus Paper on Extreme Conditioning Programs in Military … by S Gopal